Gwen E. Hockersmith

Gwen Elizabeth Hockersmith passed away on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, at 60 years of age. She was a resident of Freeport, Florida, since 1992.

Gwen was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on June 9, 1959. Her parents were John Allen and Donnalee Elizabeth Hockersmith, from Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.

Gwen was a retired Master Sergeant from the USAF, where she served honorably for more than 23 years, having joined at the age of 17. While on active duty, she traveled the world, and served her country proudly in the Philippines, Germany, the Netherlands, South Korea, Japan, Okinawa, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain. Stateside she served in Nevada, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Washington, Colorado, and in Florida. She survived the Khobar Towers Terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia in 1996. She was a trailblazer, being one of the few women to serve in the Aircraft Maintenance field at the time. She was very proud of her military career and earned many medals and awards.

Gwen enjoyed drawing and painting, being a talented artist and musician. She played numerous instruments. She enjoyed spending time at home with her pets and family. She had a wonderful sense of humor and a sharp wit, and could light up a room with her presence.

Gwen is survived by her spouse and partner of 30 years, Brigitte; an estranged sister; her family; two uncles, Bruce and John Lee Hockersmith; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

She will be immeasurably missed.


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